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Thread #166241   Message #3995728
Posted By: Thompson
09-Jun-19 - 01:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: electric cars, when....?
Subject: RE: BS: electric cars, when....?
Big Al, how much do you drive?

A friend in her early 80s is thinking the same way as you; she's considering something like a Leaf +2, I think it's called. Her logic is that the tax, insurance, NCT (=MOT), maintenance and parts, parking and petrol - even for the very little driving she does - on her big old car is around 8,000 a year, and so it's worth her paying over 30,000 for an electrical car which will have no NCT, free fuel and relatively little maintenance (because new).

However, she'll in fact be replacing two diesel cars with one electric, making the cost/benefit even better.

And she figures an electric car will, as she depressingly puts it, "see her out".

The other advantage of getting an electric car when one's becoming old and decrepit is that it's effectively an automatic, so you learn how to work it fairly easily, and have less in the way of complex unconscious decisions to distract you while driving.

If the decision were mine (I've long since given up cars; I can hire a car if I really need one, but mostly ride the bike and on the rare occasions when I really need a lift, kind friends help me out) there's a system called Go Car in Ireland - I suppose it's probably international - which allows for occasional hires that aren't too dear.

But it depends on what you want to drive for. If you're going to late-night gigs far away, yes, you need it. If it's shopping, you can ride the bike for some and get deliveries for other shops. I'd really be inclined to plan out exactly when, where and why you drive every week before making this decision.